By Richard M. Hogg
First released in 1992, A Grammar of previous English, quantity 1: Phonology used to be a landmark booklet that during the intervening years has now not been handed in its intensity of scholarship and value to the sphere. With the 2011 posthumous book of Richard M. Hogg’s Volume 2: Morphology, Volume 1 is back in print, now in paperback, in order that students can personal this whole work.
- Takes account of significant advancements either within the box of outdated English reviews and in linguistic theory
- Takes complete good thing about the Dictionary of Old English venture at Toronto, and comprises complete cross-references to the DOE data
- Fully makes use of paintings in phonemic and generative concept and similar topics
- Provides fabric the most important for destiny study either in diachronic and synchronic phonology and in historic sociolinguistics
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2 Given that these digraphs normally represented diphthongs, it must be assumed that the exercise of palatal influence on *R resulted in the same diphthongs as represented elsewhere by 〈ea〉. However, where a back vowel followed the palatal consonant, as in se7an ‘seek’, the alternative 〈ea〉 spellings, such as se7ean, did not represent diphthongs but showed only a diacritical use of 〈e〉 to indicate the palatal nature of the preceding consonant. 3 Thus the traditional position holds that 〈ea, eo, io〉 always represented diphthongs both long and short except where the orthographic evidence suggests otherwise or the linguistic development is implausible (as is true of se7ean).
7 hebfa¨ for hebba¨ ‘they have’. Despite the apparent accuracy of these spellings, their isolated nature and the frequency of 〈f〉 spellings in the same or contemporaneous texts suggests that they are no more than deliberate archaisms which do not reflect the phonology of the dialect. The consistency of the spellings in EpGl, ErfGl, however, indicate that at that time, possibly only in Merc, [b] was still an allophone of /b/ rather than /f/. 58. 53. 10, closely related to CorpGl, has no such examples of 〈b〉.
Furthermore, the vowel (if it existed) must have been central rather than back, and it is interpreted as such here (as are /÷/ and /v/). 28 Lass and Anderson (1975) accept the traditional view that 〈ea, eo, io〉 represented diphthongs, but suggest that there was no phonological 20 Orthography and phonology contrast of length between OE diphthongs. Their claim is dependent upon the acceptance of generative phonological theory, which permits reversal of completed mergers and as such is probably unacceptable, see Weinreich, Labov and Herzog (1968: 147–8), also Lass (1983: 174–5).
A Grammar of Old English by Richard M. Hogg